Directed by: Penny Marshall
Starring: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia
When you were a kid, did you ever wish you were big? Did you ever wish you were talented comedian and actor Tom Hanks? HOW ABOUT BOTH?! WOOOAOAAAAAOOOHHHH!!!
A 13 year old kid, after being told he couldn’t ride a roller coaster at a fair, makes a wish to a creepy fortune-telling machine that he wants to be “big”. He wakes up the next morning ten years older, and as Tom Hanks, who freaks out. The fair has moved, and he has to wait 6 weeks for the paperwork on where it went to to come back. In the meantime, he tells his mom he was kidnapped and gets a job testing and designing toys. Because he’s just a big kid, you see.
This is one of those by-the-numbers, no surprises, family feel-good comedies. I’m not a big fan of any of those adjectives. Hanks is, of course, excellent, and plays a large thirteen year old perfectly. I laughed at this movie, it’s definitely funny at places, it’s just not all that interesting, you’re never surprised by anything that happens in the film, it doesn’t take a single chance away from the mold. If you’re in the mood for that kind of film, then Big is great, but if not, then… uh… don’t. Obviously. I mean, those are the choices, right?